5 Ways to Avoid Groupthink

HR Digest

In modern workplaces, we have seen very destructive examples of groupthink. Many companies and organizations were down because their team members were part of groupthink, and that is why we need to avoid groupthink and improve the decision-making process. .

The Difference Between Groupthink and Teamthink

Kevin Eikenberry

Chances are you have heard the phrase “groupthink” and if so you have a justifiably negative feeling about the idea. The word and idea of groupthink was popularized in the early 1970’s based on a […]. The post The Difference Between Groupthink and Teamthink appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills Personal & Professional Development Teambuilding meetings teamwork groupthink


Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

How to Steer Clear of Groupthink

Harvard Business

Three research-backed strategies to keep innovative ideas flowing. Collaboration and teams Cognitive bias Innovation Experimentation Disruptive innovation Decision making and problem solving Digital Article

The Difference Between GroupThink and TeamThink – Remarkable TV Live

Kevin Eikenberry

There is a big difference between groupthink and what I call teamthink. The post The Difference Between GroupThink and TeamThink – Remarkable TV Live appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. During this video I talk about the differences, why it is so important, and how as a leader you can improve the chances you get what you want. This is a further expansion of the ideas in this article. Listen to the audio […].

How to Avoid Groupthink When Hiring

Harvard Business

A structured process leads to better decisions. Hiring Digital Article

7 Rules for Persuasive Dissent

Harvard Business Review

A research-backed guide to challenging groupthink. Business communication Persuasion Managing up Interpersonal skills Digital Article

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink; Procrastinate on Purpose – Our Selections for the March First Friday Book Synopsis

First Friday Book Synopsis

Every month since April, 1998, Karl Krayer and I have helped people with the most important and useful content from the best business books. For the March First Friday Book Synopsis, we focus on transferable principles and lessons from two books dealing with: personable productivity, and effective group work. If you are in Dallas on March 6, come join us… Here are our selections for the […]. Randy''s blog entries

Here are My Five Lessons and Takeaways from Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie

First Friday Book Synopsis

Happy talk occurs when group members say that all is going well and likely to go even better—that there is nothing to worry about. ?…happy …happy talk is a principal target of this book. The good news is that if discussion is properly structured and if groups adopt the right norms and practices, they can create […]. Randy''s blog entries

Why You Should Value the Nonconformist

RapidStart Leadership

When everyone focuses on agreeing and trying to please, you’ll soon find yourself on the Bus to Abilene , a special kind of purgatory for specialists in groupthink. RapidStart Leadership Blog Take Action Written Blog abeline paradox bus to Abeline groupthink leadership nonconformist planning problem solving team buildingI’m not paying you to agree with me. I’m paying you to think. That’s Colin Powell’s approach to leadership.

Why Good Teams Make Bad Decisions

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Team Effectiveness Groupthink High Performance Teams Team decision making Teamwork Did you ever watch in dismay as a good team began to make a series of bad decisions? It can happen with any kind of team – a work team, sports team, political team, or volunteer team… in any kind of setting – business, government, school, non-profit. Here’s what happens: The team starts off enthusiastically and moves ahead quickly. Things seem to be humming along, and then, bam!

Team 200

Wiser: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter Cass R. Sunstein Reid Hastie Daniel Kahneman Harvard Business Review Press How to separate [comma] implement [comma] and optimize the divergent and convergent stages of every problem-solving process If Only We Knew What We Know Jackson Grayson Judgment Calls Judgment: How Winning leaders Make Great Calls Noel Tichy Thinking [comma] Fast and Slow Tom Davenport Warren Bennis Wiser: : Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter

Don’t Let a Group Dynamic Quash Critical Thinking

First Friday Book Synopsis

Sunstein Don''t Let a Group Dynamic Quash Critical Thinking Harvard Business Review Harvard Business Review Press HBR newsletters Management Tip of the Day Reid Hastie Wiser: : Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review.

In 100 Words: Perils of Blind Conformance


Great Quotes Improvement & Development In 100 Words Leadership Managing Career Self Growth conformance conformity Differentiation groupthink In one of the TED talks , James Surowiecki shares: “If army ants are wandering around and they get lost, they start to follow a simple rule: Just do what the ant in front of you does. The ants eventually end up in a circle.

Incumbentitis - The Anti-Innovation Disease

Mills Scofield

Netflix Menasha Innovation Culture Innovation Incumbentitis Incumbent IBM Groupthink Ford AppleWell, we've just been through quite an election - out with the ‘old', in with the new - well, somewhat, there were several incumbents re-elected. This isn't a mandate for or against either party; it was a mandate for an economic revolution to get rid of big government and make one that works for the people. Is the government capable of re-inventing itself? Of innovating?

Yes, You Can Brainstorm Without Groupthink

Harvard Business Review

In articles in both the New York Times and The New Yorker earlier this year, the concept of brainstorming as introduced in the 1940's by Alex Osborn has been attacked as ineffective and linked to the concept of " Groupthink.". Suffice it to say, we dislike consensus-based "Groupthink" as much as the next person. Over our many years of experience, we have seen managers effectively use three simple techniques for avoiding "Groupthink" during brainstorming.

Quiet: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain Crown Publishers (2012) How and why our location on “the introvert-extrovert spectrum” influences most (if not all) of our decisions and opinions Throughout most of her book, Susan Cain takes a balanced approach to the immensely difficult task of examining the [.]. Bob's blog entries Albert Einstein Andrew Carnegie being or at least seeming “cool C.A.

The Master and His Emissary: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "left brain/right brain" dichotomy or conflict the New Groupthink “How do we understand the world [comma] if there are different versions of it to reconcile?” The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World Iain McGilchrist Yale University Press (2009) “How do we understand the world, if there are different versions of it to reconcile?”

The Problem-Solving Process That Prevents Groupthink

Harvard Business Review

There are two reasons most of us aren’t very good at creative problem solving. First, few people get training in how to be creative in their education. Second, few people understand group dynamics well enough to harness their power to help groups maximize their creativity. Resolving the first issue requires getting your employees to learn more about the way they think… a tall order for managers. The second issue, though, is well within your ability to change.

Fine-Tuning Your Leadership Style

Lead Change Blog

Be aware of groupthink. Too much agreement may imply “groupthink.” If you sense groupthink, play the devil’s advocate and foster healthy debate and discussion. What can you do to improve your leadership style?

The #1 Killer of Change

Lead Change Blog

In my view, the #1 killer element is groupthink. He believed, as I do, that groupthink erodes values; stifles critical thinking, limits creativity; enables undue influence of direction; and, allows inequity of action. Most commonly, readers will have experienced the impact of groupthink through a breakdown in group communication, especially when they would prefer to engage in a current change process.

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2014

Leading Blog

Wiser : Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter. Here''s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December. The Best Place to Work : The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace by Ron Friedman. A Year with Peter Drucker : 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness by Joseph A. Maciariello. Winning the Long Game : How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future by Steven Krupp and Paul J.H. Schoemaker.

Books 239

The Problem is Not Too Many Meetings – The Problem is Too Many “Bad” Meetings

First Friday Book Synopsis

On Friday, I presented my synopsis of Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie (Harvard Business Review Press; 2014). I started my presentation this way: The problem is not too many meetings; the problem is too many bad meetings. There is no doubt that practically all progress […]. Randy''s blog entries

Groups; Meetings; Communicating – You’re Doing It Wrong! – (Insight From Wiser By Sunstein And Hastie)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I thought of this Slate series as I was reading Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Slate.com has an occasional “You’re doing it wrong” article. What a smart, good, right-on-target series. Their articles are usually on day-to-day tasks, like “You’re doing it wrong: scrambled eggs.” Sunstein and Reid Hastie, my […]. Randy''s blog entries

LeadershipNow 140: January 2019 Compilation

Leading Blog

Winston Churchill, Groupthink, and the Dardanelles by @michaelaroberto. Here are a selection of tweets from January 2019 that you don't want to miss: 6 Tips for First-Time Managers by @JesseLynStoner. If You Think You Can, You Will by @DougConant. How To Be Successful by @sama. What if we started asking " What problem would you like to help solve? " @FahdAlhattab. VIDEO: How to turn a group of strangers into a team by @AmyCEdmondson.

How SWOT Analysis Harms Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Groupthink. One particularly big problem is known as groupthink , where groups tend to coalesce around the opinions of a powerful leader. To me, it was a clear example of groupthink, ignoring the elephant in the room. In the context of our increasingly disrupted, globalizing, and multicultural world, leaders greatly appreciate the security and comfort of clear-cut strategic plans for the future.

SWOT 166

Creating and Leading High Performing Teams

Lead Change Blog

That can result in groupthink. A team is a small number of people who are committed to working together to achieve the desired goal. Working together includes talking, sharing ideas, debating issues, collaborating, making decisions, establishing goals, providing feedback, and celebrating success. Teams, like personal relationships, go through stages. Teams don’t become great performers overnight.

Team 279

Problems stem from bad data, wrong assumptions, and false conclusions

Mike Cardus

Groupthink: over time, people working together will tend to think the same way, believe the same conclusions and results. Re-checking the information, using different personnel is necessary to avoid stuckness-thinking and groupthink.

Are You Ready for Recovery?

Leading Blog

To explain further, in a crisis, using diverse perspectives enables the unthinkable to be brought to the table, it avoids groupthink and enables more effective solutions.

Get Savvy

Leading Blog

Not only does this foster groupthink, but it most often creates a toxic us versus them mentality “often leading to the demonization of the ‘other’ and contributing to discrimination and sometimes violence.” F AKE NEWS is not a new phenomenon. From the beginning of time, people have played loose with the truth in order to get what they want. Trust too, has waxed and waned over the millennia. It’s not new. People have always had to be on the lookout for fake news.

How Would You Put Your Organization Out of Business?

Talent Anarchy

Among the things he discussed in his keynote was how to combat groupthink. Groupthink may be the most dangerous force running rampant within organizations today. Here’s a definition of it from Psychology Today : Groupthink occurs when a group values harmony and coherence over accurate analysis and critical evaluation. To combat Groupthink requires divergent thinking. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of hearing Adam Grant speak.

A time and a place for brainstorming techniques

Rapid BI

Brainstorming often gets a bad press, with the popular belief being that it fosters groupthink and generally hinders the creative process. New research shines a new light on the value of brainstorming however, especially a bit later in the creative process when ideas have already been generated. Management Brainstorming brainstorming research business strategy Chartered Management Institute collaboration guest idea generation technique

July 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

This is why the Imposter Syndrome bedevils us more and more as we rise higher in an organization or move out farther away from organizational groupthink into entrepreneurship to take on more accountability and (potentially) make more costly mistakes. Welcome to the July 2021 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more.

Can Optimists and Pessimists Ever Get Along?

Lead Change Blog

Devil’s advocates are also good at preventing groupthink , the tendency for a group to coalesce around the opinion of the most powerful person in the room. How many arguments have broken out in your team just because someone was handing out suggestions on the fly without giving it much thought? How about someone who keeps shooting down ideas just because they found the concepts to be too unusual?

LeadershipNow 140: January 2017 Compilation

Leading Blog

Unleashing Creativity And Avoiding Groupthink by Michelle M Smith via @octanner. Here are a selection of tweets from January 2017 that you might have missed: Don’t you love the beginning of a new year? by @mark_sanborn. Do team values unite or divide your team? JesseLynStoner. Your Only Competition Is Yourself by @paul_larue. The Impoverishment of Attention by Shane Parrish @farnamstreet. Five Culture Killers in Your Organization by @GrowingLeaders.

EPS 162

Anxiety, Communication and Leadership

Lead Change Blog

When several team members don’t speak freely, groupthink rears its head, sometimes even with catastrophic implications. In my post Once You Understand Emotion, Motivation Is Easy , I laid the link between Deci and Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory and current emotions. In this post, I will briefly expand these ideas and then focus on a specific emotion from a communication and leadership point of view: Anxiety. Self-Determination Theory and the basic psychological need for safety.

10 Ways to Keep “Post-truth” From Crippling Your Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Discourage groupthink and don’t shoot the messenger. A few things have happened recently that increase performance pressure on character-based leaders who are dedicated to doing what’s right: The Oxford Dictionary announced the word post-truth as its 2016 word of the year. Post-truth relates to or denotes “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”.

One Woman on a Corporate Board Equals Fewer Accounting Errors

Women on Business

Instead, she suggests, “heterogeneous groups are less susceptible to groupthink.” NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: According to The Wall Street Journal , just 15.6% of corporate board seats at Fortune 1000 companies are held by women (up 1% from the prior year). What’s most disheartening about this statistic is that research shows again and again that diversity creates stronger teams and higher outcomes.

Asking the Right Questions Often Leads to the Best Answer

Leading Blog

These are questions that require you to challenge groupthink, conventional wisdom, and your own biases. B EING A LEADER often means making far-reaching decisions that require major investments of time, resources, and energy. Complete certainty is seldom possible. Competing agendas often complicate the process. The future is never something you can take for granted. So you need to be as dispassionate as possible in how you examine opportunities and vulnerabilities.

How to Avoid 3 Big Mistakes About Being Biased

Lead Change Blog

Groupthink says it’s brash extroverts that make the company thrive. Go ahead—second guess yourself. Done intentionally and constructively, not self-destructively, giving your actions one last loving look before moving forward is a good thing—for you, your colleagues, company, community, and workplace culture. That thoughtful pause can assure you’re not leaving discrimination in your wake. “No No way,” you exclaim. “I’m I’m not biased, so I couldn’t possibly discriminate.”

Senge 272

The 11 Essential Elements Needed to Achieve True Collaboration

Leading Blog

Without diversity groupthink sets in. Dan Sanker states that ironically, in order to remain “competitive” companies will have to become more collaborative. Collaborate: The Art of We is a practical guide to going beyond democratic or cooperative work to creating truly collaborative work environments as a growth strategy. Collaboration is not a new concept, but globalization and new technologies have turned it into one of the best methods of competitive advantage available.

Cooper 240

Originals or How Non-Conformists Move the World

Leading Blog

Dealing with Groupthink. Cohesion in a group doesn’t cause groupthink. T HERE ARE SO FEW originals in life. “We We find surface ways of appearing original—donning a bow tie, wearing bright red shoes—without taking the risk of actually being original. When it comes to the powerful ideas in our heads and the core values in our hearts, we censor ourselves.”

7 Ways for Leaders to Deal With Bias

Lead Change Blog

Groupthink : the psychological phenomenon for alignment that occurs within a group of people because of the desire for, and/or pressure to, have harmony or conformity. Once upon a time there was a boss who was an extrovert and who preferred working with extroverts. Over time, he quit adding introverts to his team and weeded out those who had joined the team before he took over. He was shocked when a class action discrimination charge was filed against him.

Diversity and Inclusion – Two Very Different Concepts

Great Leadership By Dan

This creates a culture where disagreement and debate is welcome, and guards against blind spots and groupthink. Guest post from Stephen Frost and Raafi-Karim Alidina: To build an inclusive organisation, there are two main things you need to do. You need to de-bias the systems that run the organisation, such as recruitment, pay, procurement, talent management and marketing. And you need to lead inclusively.